Tug-of-love pair returned to mother
Published 30/11/2012 | 18:34
A High Court judge has ruled that two children at the centre of an international tug-of-love dispute could temporarily return to their British mother's care.
Mrs Justice Theis said the future of Jessica Palacin Jones, 14, and her 12-year-old brother Tomas needed further consideration.
But she said the youngsters, who have been in the care of a local authority for more than a month, could return to mother Jennifer Jones while litigation continued.
The judge made the ruling at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.
Her decision was the latest stage in a long-running dispute between the children's divorced parents, Spanish army officer Tomas Palacin Cambra, 52, and Welsh teacher Ms Jones, 46.
Jessica and Tomas - plus their sister Eva, 10, and brother David, eight - hit the headlines in mid-October after they vanished with Ms Jones.
The group was found safe and well 24 hours later after a public appeal by High Court judge Mr Justice Roderic Wood.
He said a Spanish court had made orders saying the four children should be in the care of their father in Spain - and Ms Jones had failed to return them after they stayed with her during the summer.
Mr Justice Roderic Wood was told that Mr Palacin Cambra had flown to the UK to collect all four children shortly after their discovery.
Eva and David had flown back with their father but Jessica and Tomas had refused to go. Since then Jessica and Tomas have been in local authority care.